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The same old song

For most of yesterday for reasons beyond my control I was sat in front of the television and on at least two occasions was obliged to watch coverage of the Scottish National Party’s annual conference in Aberdeen – the second of them being for the entirety of leader Nicola Sturgeon’s keynote [...]

October 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

The influence of testosterone upon sporting performance

As regular readers will be aware – and to the frustration of some including our marketing department – one of the features of the Rust is its deliberate lack of a particular political or other stance on any subject including the pursuit of popularity or commercial success. It is what it is [...]

October 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another step on the road to somewhere

With opening apologies to those Rusters who have had a bellyful of Brexit-related matters and would really rather read of something/anything else, yesterday because of circumstances against my control I happened to watch a large proportion of the BBC’s coverage (fronted by Huw Edwards) of the [...]

October 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Making a hash of it

Anyone who has ever used a keyboard will be familiar with the vagaries of random fortune when it comes to tapping the wrong key, a phenomenon that doesn’t necessarily fade into the distance even when modern technology specifically designed to prevent or protect the tapper against the problem is [...]

October 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Now for the crunch

Now to the serious business. A month into this momentous Rugby World Cup we now know the line-up for the next weekend’s Quarter-Finals: just for the record, England v Australia in Oita and New Zealand v Ireland in Tokyo on Saturday; Wales v France in Oita and Japan v South Africa in Tokyo on [...]

October 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

Then and now … and then some

For those of generations after mine – and indeed my own to the extent that memories may be fading – one of Britain’s light-entertainment stars of yester-year was proud Yorkshireman Wilfred Pickles (1904-1978). Pickles’ signature radio programme Have A Go graced the BBC airwaves from 1947 to [...]

October 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Thoughts coming into this sporting weekend

RUGBY WORLD CUP As Japan braces itself for super-typhoon Hagabis and sympathy undoubtedly ought to be extended to everyone affected by its arrival including those fans who have travelled half way around the world and booked hotels and tickets for matches which now will not take place, plus those [...]

October 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

John Mann MP/ what a man

I suspect the name of John Mann is not that familiar with many of our readers and, if it is, it would be as the man who called to his face Ken Livingstone “a fucking Nazi”. He is the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, taking over from Joe Ashton and elevated to the House of Lords by Theresa May as [...]

October 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Perfection – or glorious uncertainty?

Yesterday sports editor Tom Hollingworth posted an early-morning instant personal reaction to the impact of that super-typhoon Hagibis had wreaked upon the hitherto admirable smooth running of the 2019 Rugby World Cup even before it had hit land. Having, like all good and true followers begun my [...]

October 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Blown away

Overnight I was listening to Rhod Sharp’s Up All Night programme on Radio Five Live when it cut at 4.00am (UK time) live and direct to Rugby World Cup press conference at which it was announced that two games on Saturday have been cancelled – one of them the Pool C shoot-out between England and [...]

October 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

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